Care home springs into months of fun

A GROUP of residents will be helping people at a Ponteland care home to enjoy a spring full of fun activities.

Members of the town’s University of the Third Age (U3A) will be holding a range of events at Care UK’s Ponteland Manor property over the next few months.

The list includes art classes, practices for a choir and recorder ensemble and gardening club meetings.

The U3A is also helping the people at the home by pushing wheelchairs or accompanying them from Thornhill Road to St Mary’s Church Hall so they can take part in activities there or meet others for a catch-up.

Ponteland Manor Activities Co-ordinator Annette Dodds said: “The classes are very popular with our residents. They all love listening to the music groups and many of them have happy memories of playing music or belonging to choirs in the area.

“Some of them join in with the art classes. Several residents have painted and drawn throughout their lives and they love to be able to draw with other artists and learn new techniques from the teacher.

“People think that when you leave your own home, you have to say goodbye to your hobbies and interests. At Ponteland Manor, we do everything we can to help people not only keep up their interests but develop them too.”

Ponteland Manor is one of 25 former Southern Cross care homes that have transferred to Care UK.

It has joined the company’s award-winning Northern Region, which includes provision for specialist dementia care.